With the cases of robbery and gun crime rising in Malawi cities and towns, the Office of the President and Cabinet, Lilongwe City Council, traditional leaders and police Officials are leaving no stone unturned to put the problem to rest.
Led by President Peter Mutharika’s adviser on national unity and parliamentary affairs Symon Vuwa Kaunda, Traditional Authority Tsabango and Capital City Mayor Willie Chipondera, the team has been conducting meatings in the townships within the week to find ways on how the communities and leaders can help in dealing with crime.
Among other areas, the team visited areas known with crime gangs such as Area 23, 36, Phwetekele discussing with the commuties the importance of reporting criminals and suspects to police and strengthen community policing innitiatives.
Lilongwe has been infested with criminal gangs known as 11 Bongos, Sekaunye, Pink Girls, Zikwanje Crew, Soft Boys, Bad Boys, and Madala Gurus.
During all the meetings, Vuwa Kaunda emphasized the importance of having a crime free city where every person will live and do business peacefuly.
” The issue of security has been talked about at length and people are now living in fear. Peace and unity goes hand in hand, Malawi is known as the warm heart of Africa and there is no way we can let some few individuals take away that respect for us.
“At the time when President Mutharika and government are working hard to attract foreign investors into the country, it is our duty as citizens to make sure that we are working hand in hand with the police and the community policing teams to fight against crime. Any place with high crime rate tend to scare away potential investors and we don’t want that to be the case with Malawi,” said Vuwa Kaunda.
He said people need to be cooperative and work with the police in apprehending the thugs.
“Some of these thugs live among us, we chat with them and some are even renting our houses, please let us make this country habitable.” said Vuwa.
He called on the leaders to strengthen community policing structures.
TA Tsabango called on block leaders to work hand in hand with both the police and community policing teams.
“The fight against crime rest in our hands as block leaders since we are the ones looking after the areas where these criminals reside. We have to promote the know your neighbour innitiative to help minimize crime because in doing so, everyone will be able to know who his or her neighbour is, what he does for daily bread and someone looks suspicious, he will be reported to police immediately,” he said.
TA Tsabango also directed Gulewamkulu should no longer be found dancing within the city.
“As much as I am a Chewa and knows the importance of tradition, gulewankulu should not be seen dancing within the city as some people are taking impotance of it for person gains and sometimes commit crime which is diluting our culture,” said the tradition leader whose catchment area covers a good part of the city.
On his part, Lilongwe City Mayor Chapondera said he will make sure that within his reign, Lilongwe should be turned into a haven of peace with maximum security.
“I am always a champion of peace and it is my wish, a dream which I will surely fulfil to see into it that everperson, property and business is secured,” said Chapondera while promising that the city council will partner with the police to fulfil his dream.
Lilongwe police Officer In-Charge Foster Gama said the service has intensified patrols within the city to make sure that there is maximum security.
“Some may think that we are relaxing, we have declared total war against these criminals. For your own information, we have arrested a lot of suspects who were involved in previous robberies and some have already been convicted. We are working around the clock and believe me, very soon everything will be okay,” he said.
As one way of fighting crime, on May 7 this year, Mutharika presided over the passing out parade of 1,874 police recruits which is the largest number of new recruits in the history of the Malawi Police Service
Government has also purchased 50 new land cruisers for the police service to used for patrols within the CitiesFollow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :